Austrian writer born in 1949 in Freistadt. Daughter of a doctor, he studied German Philology, psychology and art, and began in the world of work as an actress and Assistant Director. He currently resides in Vienna, dedicated exclusively to writing. Among his compositions are mainly markedly autobiographical novels, some radio scripts and several theatre plays. The theme that characterizes them, distinctly feminine and on-line authors such as I. Bachmann and K. Struck, has become it one of the most representative of the feminist movement writers.
In his first novel, Wie kommt das Salz ins Meer (does the salt sea, 1977), with which he achieved a huge success, the author describes the devastating effect of a distinctly paternalistic, bourgeois marriage, from the point of view of a woman. The work was quickly translated into various languages and Schwaiger received several awards for her. In his later works, Mein spanisches Dorf (my Spanish people, 1978), Lange Abwesenheit (long absence, 1980) and Der Himmel ist süss (the sky is sweet, 1984), also recreates relations distorted between a father and a daughter.
Funded by the dramatic Center of Vienna, he composed over the 70 different plays that were published in 1989 in a collection entitled Liebesgrüsse (greetings of love), as well as several radio scripts that appeared under the title Murmeltiere (dormice, 1975).
He has also published the novels Schönes Licht (beautiful light, 1989), Tränen beleben den Staub (tears fanning powder, 1991), Der rote Faden (red thread, 1992), the collection of narrations Jaro heißt Frühling. Geschichten vom Fremdsein (Jaro Spring means. Stories about the feeling of being a stranger, 1994), and the poetry book Mit einem Frejus ' ich leben (I would like to live with someone, 1987).